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Phillip Vigil is one of the exciting, young native painters working today. His modernist designs are a play on his life, culture and personal experiences. Phillip has primarily been working on paper, but the transition to canvas has been an exciting change in his art. In a 2011 “Rethinking Contemporary Native American Art” article in “THE” magazine, they included Vigil saying, “Phillip Vigil seeks his identity as a contemporary creative type who is also an indigenous person. He is self-taught, inspired to paint by his love of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes”.
This painting, “Blue River”, is a large-scale piece painted on canvas. Phillip said of this piece:
“I think of this painting as a metaphor for life. Just as no river ever really flows in a straight line, neither do our lives. The big blue streak of color is representational of the, ‘curving river’ and the way things always unexpectedly ‘pop-up’ in life to challenge us and change our direction.
The other elements of the painting, the splashes, marks, lines and drips, each of these speaks to the unexpected. They are metaphors for our lives which rarely follow an imposed path no matter how hard we try to control events, people or the world around us. Each day is like the paint, it will drip and splash around us and choose its own path.”
We are pleased to represent his paintings in our Scottsdale gallery and look for more from this amazing artist!